Aguas frescas, or “fresh waters,” celebrate the explosion of brightly hued fruits, flowers, and herbs that Tres Estrellas, The Ranch’s organic farm, produces. Guests love these popular Mexican drinks, which are enjoyed year-round. And though they are radiant in color, Ranch Aguas Frescas are mildly flavored, and not syrupy sweet. Rather, they allow the delicate essence of fruits, flowers, and herbs to take center stage. We hope you love this thirst-quenching, frosty, and refreshing drinks as much as we do, and that they transport you back to your time at The Ranch.
This naturally sweet summertime favorite is juicy, refreshing, and invigorating. The hint of mint perfectly complements the watermelon. Serve this bright pink drink at any time.
1 gallon or 16 8 oz servings
1 (8 or 9 pound) watermelon, rind removed, and cut into 1-inch cubes Handful of fresh mint
1 gallon of purified water
Garnish: mint sprigs or watermelon slices
Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add fresh mint leaves to the water and boil for three more minutes. Take off the heat, and let the water cool. Discard or compost the mint. Purée the watermelon in batches in a blender until smooth. Strain the watermelon purée through a fine-mesh strainer set over a large bowl, and use a large spoon to press down on the solids. Discard or compost the purée and set the juice aside. Add the room-temperature mint water to the watermelon juice and stir well. Pour the mixture into a one-gallon drink dispenser, and add ice and purified water to fill to the top. Give the agua fresca a good stir. Serve in glasses filled with ice cubes and garnished with mint sprigs and/or watermelon slices.
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